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A: Both the NM Supreme Court and the Bar need to be notified of address changes within 30 days of the change. An Address of Record and a Street address are both needed. Changes need to be report in writing by one of the following:
Update Address of Record Here for the State Bar
Link to the Supreme Court change of address webpage
You may fax both the NM Supreme Court (505) 827-4837 & State Bar of New Mexico (505) 828-3765
You may mail your change of address to:
Clerk of the Supreme Court, PO Box 848, Santa Fe, NM 87504 and
State Bar of New Mexico, Change of Address, PO Box 92860, Albuquerque, NM 87199
A: Yes, you may have a different mailing address other than your address of record.
A: No. The address of record will be published in the directory and on the web site. There are no exceptions.
A: Yes. We can insure you get no mail from the State Bar or third parties who use the State Bar files for mailing. Alternatively, we can restrict your information from going to third parties but still have you get mail from the State Bar.
A: Advise the Supreme Court, please email the following to the Supreme Court email@example.com and the State Bar of New Mexico firstname.lastname@example.org.
***The name of record will not be changed until the Supreme Court issues a clerk's certificate of the name change.***
A: Just contact us at email@example.com.
A: Obtain a post office box. There must be an address of record for each member.
A: Yes, you will need to update each time you move.
A: If you'll be leaving New Mexico, there are a few things you should take care of. The first thing you should do is contact the State Bar and the Supreme Court to change your address, both mailing and physical. This will ensure delivery of important mailings such as your annual license statement and your continuing legal education mailings. You will also want to determine whether inactive or active status is best for you. Many members retain active status to keep their option of practicing in New Mexico available at all times. This can be done by paying the active license each year and complying with the minimum continuing legal education requirements.
To order a replacement bar card please furnish your name, address, and bar id. Please allow two to four weeks to receive a replacement Bar Card. Send your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org or State Bar of New Mexico, PO Box 92860, Albuquerque, NM 87199.
A: Certificates of Good Standing are issued by the New Mexico Supreme Court, and state that a member is in good standing. Any past disciplinary action or suspension is noted on the Certificate of Good Standing. Call (505) 827-4860 or the Supreme Court website to request this document. The charge for a Certificate of Good Standing is $1.00.
A: A Statement of Discipline is similar to a Certificate of Good Standing in that it notes any disciplinary action taken against an attorney, but it is obtained from the Disciplinary Board at a cost of $10. The Statement of Discipline is required by some states when applying to take the bar exam or for admission on motion. This document needs to be requested in writing and the attorney will need to waive his/her right to confidentiality. You may contact the Disciplinary Board at (505) 842-5781. This report can only be requested by the practicing attorney or by persons/entities who provide the practicing attorney's waiver.
A: A Letter of Membership can be obtained from the State Bar of New Mexico. Call (505) 797-6000, write or email email@example.com to request this document. A Letter of Membership states when a member was admitted to the Bar and their current membership status. This may be required by other states when applying to take the bar exam. This letter can only be requested by the practicing attorney.
A: Inactive status is for those members who are eligible for active status but are not currently practicing law in New Mexico and have completed an application for inactive status. There are no continuing legal education requirements during the time you are on the inactive status. An inactive status application is required, you can request the application by calling the State Bar at (505) 797-6083 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A: To reinstate from Inactive status, you'll need to folow the reinstatement procedures found on the Board of Bar Examiners website: www.nmexam.org.
A: If you don't pay the annual mandatory fees, your license in New Mexico would be suspended and you would no longer be eligible to practice in this state or use your New Mexico license to practice in any other jurisdiction, without first reinstating your license by paying double your back fees plus a $100 late fee. This suspension is also recorded on your permanent file and does have to be disclosed when applying for licenses in other states.
A:The Supreme Court requires all members to pay annual fees each January 1st. Members should plan for this yearly payment to avoid the possibility of suspension for nonpayment of fees. We accept credit card payments. If you contact us by January 1, we are able to give you payment plan options.
A: Every member of the State Bar shall, prior to the first day of January of each year, pay to the Executive Director of the State Bar an annual license fee. Active members whose dues are received after the first day of February will be assessed a late payment penalty of one hundred dollars ($100). Inactive members whose dues are received after the first day of February will be assessed a late payment penalty of fifty dollars ($50).
A: The annual license fees for active and inactive status members shall be determined and fixed by the Board and approved by the Supreme Court prior to January of each calendar year.
A: Newly admitted members who have never been admitted to another state or country received a reduced amount in their first full year.
A: Yes. For more information regarding which states we share reciprocity with and the Rules & Requirements you can find the answers at www.nmexam.org.
A: Any member suspended because of nonpayment of license fees or penalties shall be required to petition the Board of Bar Examiners for reinstatement www.nmexam.org, and as a condition precedent to any granting of reinstatement shall be required to pay a reinstatement fee of:
A. twice that member's then license fee, plus
B. fees in arrears, plus
C. accrued late penalty payments.
A: As of December 31, 2016, a new rule went into effect, that if you do decide to come back from withdrawn status, you will need to go through the Board of Bar Examiners and either retake the bar exam or come in through the reciprocity rule. If you've considered all of the options available, such as inactive status, and you still feel that you would like to give up your license, the proper method is to voluntarily resign. This requires notifying the NM Supreme Court and the Bar in writing of your intent, which will then allow you to relinquish your New Mexico license without the suspension that would occur if you simply chose not to pay your mandatory fees. You may email the Supreme Court at email@example.com and also cc firstname.lastname@example.org . Please give us your current mailing address.